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Thursday, January 2

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The Bolshoi Ballet visits Paris this month.

The bill of the guest tour is featuring only one title - Lost Illusions. The ballet version after the motifs of the novel of the same name by Honore de Balzac was staged specially for the Bolshoi Theater in 2011 by prominent choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

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A new school of ballet is launched with the help of donations generated from crowdfunding.

Her pitch began: "Little (and big) dancers are all around me and they have no place to go. I live in a mostly rural area (combined population of my county and the adjacent one is approx. 155,000) where many of the residents are hardworking people who don't have a lot of extra money. Their children would love to take dance lessons but the average dance class tuition is financially out of reach. Oh yeah, there is no real public transportation so everyone has to drive."

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The Lafayette Ballet Company presents its Nutcracker. Video.

But the show is more than a holiday treat, director Sandra Peticolas said.

“It’s the combination of holiday tradition and a really great coming of age story with magic in it,” she said.

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A review of Ballet West's "Nutty Nutcracker" by Hillary Bowler in The Deseret News.

Obvious audience favorites were a “Sister Wives” spin on the Dance of the Mirlitons and a Waltz of the Flowers gone literal with a nod to “The Bachelor’s” infamous rose ceremonies. Principal artist Christopher Ruud, who’s been with Ballet West since 1998 and repeatedly proved his expertise as a dancer, also proved to be quite a ham as the “bachelor.” First soloist Beau Pearson kept popping up as “Sister Wives’” Kody Brown throughout the evening — each time, irresistibly funny.

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A preview of the winter season in dance by Laura Molzahn in The Chicago Tribune.

Joffrey Ballet: In "Contemporary Choreographers," the troupe looks close to home for one of its three company premieres: "Crossing Ashland" — yes, that Ashland — by Chicago independent artist Brock Clawson. Also on the bill: Christopher Wheeldon's "Continuum" and Alexander Ekman's "Episode 31."

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